Winner of the 2007 New Mexico Music Awards “Best Instrumental Performance”
Ron Helman is a professional jazz trumpet player and band leader of the Ron Helman Jazz Ensemble.
Read about Ron’s musical direction here, and a current review from the Eldorado Sun review here, and a current review from the Taos News here.
“Bridging the styles of classic Miles Davis with contemporary Chris Botti, Ron Helman offers a superb selection of songs performed with soul and honesty. Enhanced by sumptuous arrangements and artful pacing, Helman’s trumpet paints a lush, blue-hued world the listener is sure to savor.”
– Ann Hampton Callaway- singer, songwriter, Telarc Recording Artist
“Reflections of Beauty burns with elegant, understated intensity – it’s the only thing I want on my iPod Shuffle right now!”
– Jay Daugherty, drummer,
CD Reviews “Reflections of Beauty” – Ron Helman
Jazz trumpeter Ron Helman lives in Galisteo and for some reason he works mostly in Santa Fe. When someone of Helman’s talent – he has burnished sound and boppist mode – keeps largely to venues in the City Different, there’s something wrong with this picture. Helman ought to be performing in jazz clubs in big cities. Maybe he will one day. Oh well, everyone has to start out some place.
Helman’s newest CD, a 11-cut collection of standards (“On Green Dolphin Street,” “You Don’t What Love Is” and “My Ship”) presents him mostly, and quite comfortably, with small ensembles.
With Helman are a crew of stand-up New Mexico artists who are equal to the trumpeter’s quality. The crew includes saxophonist Kanoa Kaluhiwa, bassist Louis Guerra, keyboardist (and the CD’s producer) Bert Dalton, guitarist Dimi DiSanti and drummers Ryan Anthony and Mark Clark.
All of the players contribute to make the CD live up to its name.
- David Steinberg,
|“In the Shadows” (2003)
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“In the Shadows” by Ron Helman
In the first few years of this millennium record companies have increasingly turned a spotlight on romantic music.
The latest to share that spotlight’s warmth is the CD “In the Shadows” with trumpeter Ron Helman of Galisteo. It is, without doubt, one of the best straight-ahead jazz albums of 2004, and a trumpet sound reminiscent of early Miles Davis.
Helman’s playing is tender and wondrous on the CD’s 11 familiar ballads. In this case, familiarity breeds attraction with such cuts as “Stella by Starlight,” “Autumn Leaves,” “I Fall in Love Too Easily” and “Never Let Me Go.”
But what’s more is that he’s surrounded himself with some of New Mexico’s top jazz players – saxophonist Kanoa Kaluhiwa, pianist Bert Dalton, drummer Ryan Anthony, percussionist Dave Bryant and bassist Jon Gagan. Gagan also produced, mixed and co-engineered the CD, which was recorded at Santa Fe’s The Electric Company.
To get up-to-date information on Helman’s performances – he frequently performs in Santa Fe – email him at email@example.com or go to his Web site www.ronhelman.com.
- David Steinberg,
Friday, November 12, 2004